Brian Radmond hails from Milwaukee and is making a name for himself through his web series Geared Science. Geared Science is dedicated to motorcycles, modifications, and chopper builders. Brian has interviewed Rookie Flat Tracker Sideways Shakes, Andrew "Triple" Riffle, and builders JJ Flairty and Chris Graves, to name a few. Brian recently joined the Lowbrow Customs contributing team and has provided stellar how-to's on their blog and popular YouTube channel. Take a moment to enjoy Brian's sweet Shovelhead.
Owner name, location: Brian Radmond, Milwaukee, WI
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1973 Shovelhead
Frame: Paughco raked 3* - done sometime in the early '90s, according to the previous owner Fork: +6” 35mm, ‘74-’76, modified to work with modern front wheel/rotor
Chassis mods: 3* rake, tank mounts removed/bungs added
Tire/wheel size and style: 16” rear, 21” front
Favorite thing about this bike: My favorite aspect of this bike is where it came from. I picked this thing up as a roller and a bunch of boxes of parts. The guy I bought it from started piecing it together in the late '90s from a friend that had started it in the late '80s. He rode it for a bit, then took some pieces down, and there it sat since 2005. I sold off just about everything except the drivetrain and frame and built it up from there.
The bike was DECKED out in brass skulls when I got it, and I wound up only keeping the skull pushrod collars because they grew on me while we were building this up. I love the idea of turning a bike that had sat for 15 years back into a daily rider and the time I got to spend with friends in the process.
The next modification will be: My only plan in the way of modifications is to swap out the front end for a unique 39mm front end I came upon that has tabs welded to the lowers to run a ‘70s ironhead drum wheel.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: One of my favorite parts on this bike was the 2:1 pipe we made for it. We took an old true dual pipe, cut off the "true dual" flange, pieced together the rest to match the frame, and added the fish tip. 7 metal west rear and front fenders Oil filter from a ‘60s pan/shovel Rocker clutch The engine has flywheels from a ‘78, making it an 80”.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: When I got it, the bike was set up in a very late ‘90's style. Fat fenders/super slammed etc.… I wanted to bring it back to a more ‘70s style. This was a really fun build to get into. It's interesting to take an engine/trans/bike/whatever that's been passed through so many hands and see what everyone's done to it over the years.
Thanks to Ian Olsen for always building everything with me. Matt Gardipee for being the voice of reason. Ron Brefka & 7metal west for the best fenders in the game. Andrew Riffle at Triple's Paintworks for always killing the paint. Dave Koppa for the quick and quality turn around on the seat upholstery, everyone that came by the garage and offered any advice or helped drink some beers.